The Supreme Court of India upheld the judgement of Allahabad High Court quashing Uttar Pradesh government’s order to provide 30 percent quota for the admissions in post-graduate medical courses. This is applicable for the doctors who are in government service and served in rural areas.
Chief Justice TS Thakur asserted that instead of giving 30 percent quota in admissions, the government could give 30 percent ‘incentive marks’ for the ‘eligible-in-service’ doctors in admission tests for PG Medical courses. The incentive marks are applicable only for those who served in rural areas.
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The judgement was given after many petitions filed against the High Court verdict. The High Court of Uttar Pradesh denied the Government’s Order (GO) which was issued on February 28, 2014. The GO mentioned 30 percent quota seats in admissions. According to the Supreme Court, the state government could not change the method of selection or admissions. If the government does so, it means violating the guidelines and rules framed by Medical Council of India (MCI).
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The primary purpose behind this provision is to encourage graduates to join as medical officers and serve in rural or remote areas of the state. Most of the state governments across the country are failing to provide health care facilities in remote regions. Recently, there was also a proposal which mandates all the MBBS graduates for one-year compulsory service in rural or remote areas.